QYS is dedicated in supporting the local community in the areas of mental health and wellbeing, for this reason the 2019 Youth Forum will provide an opportunity to increase understanding of youth mental health and how we, as a community, can support young people who struggle with mental illness.

QYS is honoured to have Joe Williams as our Key Note Speaker. Joe is a proud Wiradjuri, 1st Nations Aboriginal man born in Cowra, raised in Wagga NSW. Joe played in the NRL for Sth Sydney Rabbitohs, Penrith Panthers and Canterbury Bulldogs before switching to  professional boxing in 2009. Joe is a 2 x WBF World Jnr Welterweight champion and recently won the WBC Asia Continental Title.

Although forging a successful professional sporting career, Joe battled the majority of his life with suicidal ideation and Bi Polar Disorder. After a suicide attempt in 2012, Joe felt his purpose was to help people who struggle with mental illness. Joe is also an author having  contributed to the book Transformation; Turning Tragedy Into Triumph and his own autobiography titled Defying The Enemy Within.

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Youth Forum 2019

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Reviews of 2018 Townsville Youth Forum

“Hi all, just wanted to say congratulations to Gaye and Queensland Youth Services for putting on such an excellent event today – and to everybody else involved, I got a lot out of the Forum! – Dylan Howells, Youth Worker Headspace

“Hi Folks, I’d like to say congratulations too and that the Young Consultants and I got a lot out of the forum as well. Thank you” – Jacqueline Bisson, Senior Community Facilitator, CREATE Foundation

“I would like to thank you and your team on the excellent job that you all did with arranging the Youth Forum. Well done” – Fiona Layton-Rick, Team Leader, ATODS Vincent